Queen of the Jungle

Chapter 2 – Jungle Masters

    “I have a special assignment for the three of you. あなた may starve または never come back alive, but it is necessary for warriors, like yourselves, to train yourselves in the harshest of conditions. You’ll have to endure burning, tropical heat, lack of water, and a lack of 食 supply. If あなた manage to pass, あなた will indeed be deemed as true high-level masters…”

    “That was our order from Shifu, あなた guys. Now, let’s pick up the pace!” yelled あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス to クレーン and Monkey, who were severely lagging behind in step. “Oh… Why do we have to do this?” uttered Crane, “I don’t know how anyone can survive out here.” “Stop being a baby!” あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス scowled. “I think I’m going to like it here!” exclaimed. “And we only wonder why.” あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス replied, sarcastically. The three Kung Fu masters entered the jungle, with little water and no 食 with them.

    They entered a part of the jungle where ancient ruins dating back thousands of area stood firm, with moss and vines surrounding almost all of the stone structures. あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス then stepped onto what seemed to be a small platform. “You see.” she beamed, “Here lay the ruins of an ancient civilization, whose people actually made a living in this jungle, and managed to built all this despite all these conditions.” クレーン was still not convinced. “Yeah. And how long did these guys survive here?! Probably about a year.” Monkey sided with Tigress. “I don’t think they could build this in a year.” “Then, once they finished building their structures, they definitely would have left this place, and gone back to where they came from.” クレーン contiuned. Tigress’ face grew angrier. “Crane, I can tell this civilization lasted for centuries. These villagers became one with the jungle, with all its resources and climate. And that’s what we have to do as well. Understand?!” “Yes Tigress.” muttered Crane. “Then, let’s begin our training. We’ll do it right here.” あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス declared proudly.

    With Monkey’s help, あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス set up three wooden targets throughout the ruins. The two had chopped down several of the older trees, and carved out a target サークル, 円 towards the 上, ページのトップへ of the trunk. “Crane, for use to become masters at a highest possible level, we’ll have to use one of the most common techniques of Kung Fu. The Element of Stealth. This time, the targets themselves will be using stealth. あなた must defend yourself from them によって using your instincts. But… You’ll have to do it blind.” She explained. She showed him a blindfold that she had brought with her on the journey. Crane, with a puzzled look on his face, asked, “Why do I have to wear that?” “You have to do it this way because we need to use our ears to sense our targets’ presence, not our eyes. Master Shifu has done this many times, and we must learn it ourselves.” she answered him, “And you’re up first. Good luck.” あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス and Monkey watched from behind a bush, as クレーン began his training.

    Crane stood in the middle of the ruins as the three targets approached him one at a time, courtesy of a rope being pulled によって あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス and Monkey. クレーン stood silent and at the ready until the first target approached him from his right. クレーン breathed deeply and sensed the forthcoming target as his ears twitched. With a quick swipe of his right wing, the first target immediately went down. Within a minute, the two remaining targets were downed swiftly and without hesitation. After the final target got knocked down, あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス and Monkey came out from the bushes and applauded. “Well done, Crane! あなた did it!” exclaimed Monkey. あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス continued, “How do あなた feel now?” “Thanks あなた guys.” クレーン said, in relief, “And, actually, I feel rather empowered, if あなた know what I mean.” あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス laughed, and took the blindfold off of Crane’s eyes. “Now… It’s my turn.”

    Tigress completed the task in no time all, and the same went for Monkey as well. After the testing was completed, あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス and クレーン agreed to a practice battle as they would 移動する around the ruins, with Monkey as a witness. “This seems like a different, but better, spot for us to train together isn’t it Crane?!” she asked. “Indeed.” he replied. The two Kung Fu warriors started out with some punches and kicks, and then クレーン flew in the available space, as あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス moved quickly along the ledges of the stone structures. Each time the two managed to クロス paths, a little spar would occur, and, as time passed, クレーン began to 移動する quicker and quicker. So much, in fact, that he actually managed to be in line with Tigress, step-by-step. あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス was impressed. “You’re definitely improving yourself.” she 発言しました while smiling. “I know. And あなた were right about this place. When あなた focus on what you, yourself, are doing, then the jungle doesn’t become a distraction to you.” “Right. However…” あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス then lunged into the air, kicking him with a 迅速, スウィフト right-footed kick to the mid-chest, “You still can’t let your opponent distract you.” she said, as クレーン fell onto the ground. After she landed herself, she went over to Crane, and let out her paw. クレーン lifted his left wing, and あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス pulled him back up. “I think that should do it for the day. It’s nearly sundown.” she declared to him and Monkey exhaustingly.

    That evening, the three gathered around a 火災, 火 that あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス started, using the test targets as firewood. “That was some intense training we had today.” remarked Monkey, “So, what’s our plan for tomorrow?” あばずれ女, 虎, ティグレス smiled. “I hear there’s another landmark not that far from here. It’ll take us about an 時 または two walking to get there from here.” “What is this landmark?” asked Crane. “I don’t know. It’s probably another structure built によって the ancient civilization. I only wonder what fascinations this civilization had, and how could they have survived for so long in these hard conditions.” she replied. “Yes. I kind of wonder the same thing.” Monkey continued, yawning. “I think it’s time we rest for the night.” stated Tigress. She put the 火災, 火 out, the three 発言しました “Good Night,” and the three went to sleep.

    The 次 day, they set out to the 次 landmark. As they ventured, クレーン asked, “Do あなた think anyone else in this jungle right now? I mean I hope that we don’t run into an enemy, and have もっと見る to worry about.” “I doubt we will.” answered Tigress, “However, we can only assume that there might be, and we’ll just have to handle it in the proper manner when the time comes…”

To Be Continued…